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Old 21 June 2011, 02:46   #241
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Thanks everyone - it means a lot to have all of the great comments from everyone - especially given our challenging weekend!

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Old 21 June 2011, 05:24   #242
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Yeah !! Was in a little 4.8m grey Ribcraft with 2 students aboard. Boat is a credit to you John, she's a beaut !!
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Old 22 June 2011, 02:59   #243
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Yeah !! Was in a little 4.8m grey Ribcraft with 2 students aboard. Boat is a credit to you John, she's a beaut !!
Great - I hope you got a wave back - everyone seemed to be staring at us - can't think why!
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Old 22 June 2011, 03:22   #244
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The steering rams interfere with the tabs we have so we're trying it without first - or a bow tank - we may add either or both at a later stage.
Interceptors?
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Old 23 June 2011, 01:38   #245
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This should give you an idea of the problem!
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Old 23 June 2011, 03:49   #246
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Hmmm,

Tis a bit tight down there!

What are your thoughts on interceptors for very high speed use - tried any?
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Tis a bit tight down there!

What are your thoughts on interceptors for very high speed use - tried any?
Haven't tried any or know of anyone that has - in theory it wouldn't need much at all to produce results - it would depend on the drag figures compared to regular tabs that would be the key.

Mr Tapping was on form as usual:



Rather like this one - the boat in the background is the first of the BananaShark layup Phantom 19's we made for Graham Lawton with which he won the 2010 OCR National Championships - hope we can be as successful in the new boat!



It was a shame Chris Strickland broke down - it was interesting to see how he was doing compared to us for a while ......

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Why on earth do you need a stepped hull, complete waste of time - it is never in the water
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For when it lands!
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Shouldn't you have soft bits underneath for when it lands - then it would be a rib

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It IS a RIB Rigid Inflight Boat
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Old 20 July 2011, 09:58   #253
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Hi everyone - Sorry for a bit of a gap in posting, Mr Unwin has been working his magic on the rams - we have them back now and they are fitted and bled - he very kindly brought them down last Friday as he doesn't trust couriers with precious cargo like these! We are getting on with the "Bustle" which is including the exhaust, it's all looking brilliant.

Still no further on with the measurement certificate issues ............

Also showing the bracing for the engine mounts and the internal structure for the exhausts.













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[QUOTE=Cookee;411637]Hi everyone -

Still no further on with the measurement certificate issues ............


your boat will be historic class before they make there minds up
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What's the problem? Had a quick look back through the thread and couldn't find anything
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The powers that be can't decide whether my boat is worthy of a measurement certificate as it doesn't conform to rules that aren't in the rule book - go figure!
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Mate. you know my views of them. Shame there isn't a wankers thumb. They've altered the goal post for yacht racing too. When are they going to see they're killing the sport with red tape and rules

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Ah yes, the olde three pointed hat of bureaucrats...

The rules they write down, the rules they tell you and then the rules they apply.
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What is it that doesn't meet the imaginary rules? Is there more to a measurement certificate than just the length?
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What is it that doesn't meet the imaginary rules? Is there more to a measurement certificate than just the length?
Actually the process of measuring a boat is to see how long it is - they measure the beam as well although it isn't relevant to anything, the length is multiplied by a factor for the class and type of power to give the minimum weight 246kg/metre in our case. It also records various details about the boat, the hull number, number and type of engines etc.

The problem comes when someone takes "A view" on the various merits of the safety of a boat where a rule doesn't exist, in the case of the Stirling it has a hole in the back of the cockpit that conforms to the rules and four seats, the driver and throttleman have to get out by releasing their harnesses (they have an air supply each), and exiting through the cockpit to the rear exit past the other rear seats that have been recently vacated by the navigator and other passenger (sponsor). There is no rule or dimension for the proximity of the seats to each other, we believe that there is plenty of room to get out and so does the UIM safety representative Bob Wartinger from the USA.

There is a proposal before the Offshore committee that measurer's have to at least attend a dunk test to witness the conditions that crews are trained under in order to escape an upturned boat because there is no requirement currently.

This journey started off many months ago when the RYA were informed of the layout of the boat and reared its ugly head at the Poole event on the 19th of June and I am waiting to see if I will be allowed to enter Cowes and the Marathon series although having missed the first two races that is all a bit pointless now! I have a crew, accommodation and a sponsor for Cowes, but I don't know if I will be allowed to race as it is right now!

Wish me luck!
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